N.H. woman killed in three-car collision

New Hampshire police say three cars collided in Brookline Tuesday, killing a 30-year-old woman.

Police say Katie Hamilton of Brookline was pronounced dead at the scene of the 9 a.m. crash Tuesday at the intersection of Routes 13 and 130.

The Nashua Telegraph reports that one of the first rescuers to respond was Hamilton’s father.

Brookline Police Sgt. Douglas Barnett said the accident is still under investigation.

He identified the other two drivers as 31-year-old Greg Cullen of Milford and 37-year-old James Ciprotti of Weare. Neither man was injured.

Barnett said Hamilton was southbound on Route 13 preparing to turn left when Cullen’s truck hit the rear of her car and sent it into the northbound lane, where she was broadsided by a Ford F-250 pick-up truck driven by Ciprotti.


Puppy rescued from pet carrier tossed into trash

A 10-week-old Jack Russell terrier found in a locked pet carrier tossed into a trash bin in Pawtucket has dozens of new friends.

Police say a passerby heard whimpering and discovered the puppy in the trash bin behind an apartment building last week. Officials say the dog was hungry, thirsty and dirty but otherwise unhurt.

Animal Control Director John Holmes says workers at the city animal shelter fed and cleaned the puppy who is friendly and appears to be in good shape.

He said that by Monday, the shelter had received between 30 and 40 applications from people looking to adopt the dog.


Driver charged in fatal crash was texting, police say

A Mont Vernon man was texting while driving when he struck and killed the former Amherst fire chief, authorities said Tuesday.

Hillsborough County Attorney Patricia LaFrance said Travis Hobbs, 20, was charged with negligent homicide in connection with the crash that killed John Bachman, 71, on Monday. Hobbs told police he was texting and thought he hit only a snowbank. He came forward after seeing media reports about the crash.

Bachman, who was also a local businessman, was getting his mail when he was struck. He was found injured in a snow bank and later died at the hospital.

Hobbs was arrested Tuesday and released after posting $50,000 bail plus $1,000 cash. As part of his release, he is not allowed to drive. It could not immediately be learned if he had a lawyer. A phone number for Hobbs could not be found.

Amherst Fire Chief Mark Boynton said he had met Bachman a few times since he took over in 2010 as chief of the 50-member department. He had lunch with Bachman a month ago.

“He was a great guy,” Boynton said. “I can tell you he was a respected chief here.”

Boynton said the family has asked the department to provide a color guard for Bachman’s funeral.

The Nashua Telegraph reported that Bachman and his daughter, Pam McKinney, owned and operated AnaTek Corporation, which sold electronic repair equipment and provided other resources for repair technicians.


Man charged with ramming stroller and baby into cop

A Leominster man has been charged with ramming a baby stroller with a child in it into a police officer who caught him shoplifting.

Police say an officer witnessed 29-year-old William Martin stuffing items from Victoria’s Secret in The Mall at Whitney Field into the sleeve of a jacket in the stroller.

The Sentinel & Enterprise reports that when the officer confronted Martin, he allegedly slammed the stroller with a 16-month-old child in it into the officer’s legs, elbowed him in the face and tried to run off, leaving the child behind.

Police say items allegedly stolen from four stores were in the stroller.

Martin was released on $500 bail after pleading not guilty Monday to charges including shoplifting and assault and battery on a police officer.


LYNN, Mass.

Fatal stabbing blamed on fight over a pair of sneakers

Prosecutors say a dispute over a pair of child’s sneakers led to a fight that ended in a fatal stabbing in Lynn.

Isaac Hendricks was held without bail after a not guilty plea to a murder charge was entered on his behalf at his arraignment Monday.

Authorities say Hendricks killed Jonathan Laporte on Sunday morning after Hendricks’ wife and Laporte’s girlfriend got into a fight over the girl’s Air Jordans. Hendricks’ wife, Shanequa, told The Daily Item that Laporte’s girlfriend, Kyesha Torres, gave their daughter the sneakers as a gift, then demanded them back. Torres told police she only allowed the Hendrickses to borrow the sneakers.

Isaac Hendricks’ lawyer says his client was protecting his home and family and it was a clear case of self-defense.

Torres was also charged.


Court date for executive in fatal crash is delayed

A court appearance has been delayed for a former Fortune 500 executive accused of killing a Vermont couple expecting their first child in January.

Fifty-three-year old Robert Dellinger of Sunapee told police he was depressed and trying to kill himself on Dec. 7 when he drove his full-size pickup across an Interstate 89 median and into an oncoming car.

He faces two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of 29-year-old Jason Timmons and 24-year-old Amanda Murphy, who was eight-months pregnant.

Dellinger was scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Keene, but the attorney general’s office says the arraignment will be Friday morning in Lebanon instead. Dellinger was senior vice president and chief financial officer at PPG Industries Inc. before he left in 2011 because of health issues.


High court rules against life without parole for juveniles

The highest court in Massachusetts has fallen in line with the U.S. Supreme Court and ruled that sentencing juveniles convicted of murder to life in prison without parole in unconstitutional.

The Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday ruled in two cases in which 17-year-old youths were convicted of murder.

The justices said in a unanimous opinion that life without parole for juveniles is “unconstitutionally disproportionate punishment.”

The court said a judge cannot accurately determine whether a juvenile is “irretrievably depraved,” because a juvenile’s brain is not fully developed.

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